Boris Godounov

Boris Goudounov - Paris Opera
Opéra Bastille

Jusqu'au 29 juin 2020

Lieu

Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Capacité 2700 sièges

Durée

2 hours and 10 minutes

No interval


Détails

Opera
Recommended for all ages
Russian with English & French subtitles


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Russia’s answer to the Shakespearean tragedy, Boris Godunov, reinvents a true political story in all its vividness and violence.

Indulge in the Theatre in Paris Deluxe Opéra Package, an exclusive ticket package available even after standard sales for the opera are closed. Deluxe tickets come with a show programme, a glass of champagne upon your arrival at the venue, and exclusive access to the Opéra Bastille's beautiful Salon Berlioz, reserved for primary ticket holders. A result of our official partnership with the Friends of Paris Opera Association, the package can only be purchased via the Theatre in Paris box office.

Résumé

The most frequently recorded of all Russian operas, Boris Godunov is an opera based on Pushkin’s historical masterpiece of the same name. In his gripping retelling, Pushkin blended the true story of the Russian Tsar who ruled from 1598 – 1605 with elements extracted from his extensive study of Shakespeare. The result is an epic meditation on the solitude and limits of power.

 

When composer Modest Mossorgsky transformed Pushkin’s narrative into an opera he injected still more pathos and emotion into the piece. Its protagonist becomes not the king but the entire Russian people, the story their struggle against persistent repression. This timeless opera is revived for the present day by avant-garde director Ivo van Hove.

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Opéra Bastille

Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris

Conçu par l’architecte Uruguayen Carlos Ott, le bâtiment avait été commandé par le président François Mitterrand et fut inauguré en 1989. Pendant des années, nombreux étaient ceux qui se désolaient du manque de salles de spectacle modernes à Paris, capables d’accueillir des concerts et des créations modernes, avec différentes approches acoustiques et la flexibilité qu’un espace modulable offre. Un mouvement dans les années 1960 demanda un nouvel espace plus grand à Paris, qui plairait au grand public et qui serait un pendant à l’élaboré Palais Garnier. À peine 100 ans après l’inauguration de ce dernier, la demande trouva grâce auprès du président fraîchement élu, F. Mitterrand, qui a soutenu le projet en tant que tête d'affiche parmi les nombreuses œuvres modernes lancées au cours de son mandat. Choisissant le quartier populaire de Bastille pour son accès facile depuis Paris et les espaces entourant la ville, la vieille gare Bastille fut détruite pour laisser place à la construction de ce nouveau lieu. Le bâtiment fut achevé juste à temps pour les célébrations du bicentenaire de la Révolution française.

 

Le lieu a connu de nombreux changements d’orientation en raison des différentes affiliations politiques, ainsi que d’importants travaux de rénovation depuis sa construction pour réparer et pour insonoriser la structure entière. Contrairement aux autres auditoriums, ici chaque siège garantit une pleine visibilité sur la scène. Avec ses plafonds de verre transparent, sa structure gris métallique et ses sièges noirs ornés de chêne précieux, le lieu est une ode à la modernité et à la simplicité esthétique. Constitué de granit bleu de Bretagne et de blocs de verre, la lumière se reflète de l’extérieur aux quatre coins de l’édifice angulaire.

FAQ

Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?

There are a maximum of three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is an Italian style auditorium, meaning the seats are in a horse-shoe shape. Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed either in the orchestra, on the first level/mezzanine, or in the second, third, and fourth level lodge boxes to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.

How do I get to the theatre?

The theatre is accessible by the metro station Bastille (Lines 1, 5, and 8). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre?

We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats. Please note that the performances at the Opéra Bastille begin precisely on time, and all late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the auditorium until intermission.

How long does the show last?

The show lasts two hours and thirty minutes, including one intermission.

Is it a show for travellers or French people?

Both! The Opéra Bastille has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for 30 years. This legendary opera performance is sung in its original Russian, and subtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to appreciate in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Subtitles or “surtitles”?

Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Opéra Bastille, the text is projected both on the sides of the auditorium, and centrally directly above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.

Does the venue have a specific dress code?

For Parisian operas and ballets, the dress tends to be a bit fancier than in other venues, so feel free to have a little fun and dress to impress. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in casual chic attire. Generally, elegant casual wear is required, jackets are recommended for men. Shorts, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, sportswear and trainers are discouraged.

Is there a coat check available?

Free cloakrooms are available on various floors of the theatre. Travel bags and suitcase are not allowed.

Can I take photos of the performance?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of the show. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful venue to remember your night out!

What is included with my tickets?

A dedicated show programme, a complimentary glass of champagne, and exclusive access to the beautiful Salon Berlioz is included with your tickets.

Where do I collect my show programme and champagne?

At the Opéra Bastille, you can collect your included show programme in the main store, at the programme stand in the entry hall, or at the various programme stands on the ground, 2nd, and 4th floors.


You can choose to enjoy your champagne or desired beverage before the performance or during intermission at any of the public bars or in the exclusive Salon Berlioz. The Salon is located on the first floor on the right-hand side when entering the building, accessible by elevators or stairs.